iStick A300: New Way to Do Signage

Everyone is looking for new digital signage solutions. To capture the most attention, today you need to be unforgettable and price friendly. Now it feasible to get an entire signage solution with display, multi touch overlay, and an Android computer within a reasonable budget.

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You can search all day on Alibaba, but you’ll never find an Android box as powerful as the iStick A300 media player. Already a third generation product within 12 months of testing, the iStick A300 series has been tried and tested in the field – and optimized for signage. Similar to the previous A200 iStick, this tiny Android stick has all Android and multi touch drivers pre-installed, so there’s no development costs! And with a form factor of a USB dongle at 3.9- x 2.2- x 0.6-inches, the iStick can be taped on the back of your LCD TV or LED TV, as a low-cost signage player.

Stop struggling with limited connectivity, lagging graphics, or burn outs – the new A300 series is available in dual-core and quad-core options, it has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and streams 1080 Full HD on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.  Reports from the A200 use-cases told us the perfect signage for  trade shows and retail settings would need to run 24/7, be usable when not connected to a touch screen, and connect to hardwired Internet Network.

We listened.

The new design has a silent fan (5-years operation), Bluetooth (and 3 extra female USB slots),  as well as ethernet jack.

a300-interface   cooling

Signage is a lot about the software, but pair the iStick up with any Multi Touch Overlay from PQ Labs and get a low-cost signage solution. This smart device can run all 600,000 apps on the Google Play Market and it takes advantage of HTML 5 Web sites written for Multi Touch. We’ve pre-loaded the iStick with a bunch of demo goodies and a special Digital Signage mode, so visitors can’t exit applications as you advertise. We’re open to helping you import you software too!

Prices start from $89 – $169 high for the fully equipped A350-SSD-iStick that includes: quad-core processor, 2GB of DDR RAM, and active fan cooling. Based on your application, the iStick device can be upgraded to have more storage space, better connectivity, and faster processing speed. All models of the A300 series will have dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet port so you can use the device even at exhibitions with slow Internet connection.

Here’s a closer look at the A300 Series:

A300 A350-SSD A300LT
Processor Quad-Core 1.6Ghz Quad-Core 1.6Ghz Dual-Core 1.6Ghz
Memory 2GB DDR3 2GB DDR3 1GB DDR3
Power Button N/A Yes N/A
Battery N/A Yes N/A
Solid State Disk N/A mSATA N/A
Cooling System Active Fan Cooling Active Fan Cooling Silent Passive Cooling
Dual-Band Wi-Fi 2.4G Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G Wi-Fi 2.4G Wi-Fi
Bluetooth N/A Bluetooth 4.0 N/A

Fully Waterproof MultiTouch Overlays

A customer gets too excited, and spills a drink on the surface of your touch table. Accidents happen, but spills can happen at any angle. In the worst cases, the liquid can drip into the light processors of the touch screen, causing expensive repairs and embarrassment. To protect your touch screen from the hazards of daily applications, all of PQ Labs Multi Touch Overlays are made spill-proof to withstand the punishment an interactive table gets when placed in restaurants, museums, and night clubs.

waterproof

Of the three product categories offered at PQ Labs, the G4 Integration Kit, G4 Overlay and G4S Overlay, all frames are manufactured to meet IP54 standards. That means  any water spilled will not cause damage, when it is cleaned quickly. However, any time that water is left puddled in the corners of the touch screen Overlay, it’s more risky. For these cases, it’s recommended to upgrade to the IP65 grade Overlay with a sealed frame, making it 100% waterproof. It’s a small surcharge of $80, but  guarantees the touch screen’s performance in all indoor environments.

Videos:

Water Spill Test (standard)

IP65 Test (Customized)

Other touch suppliers offer Multi Touch screens and overlay touch screens without waterproof coating. We feel this is not responsible, because most public use-cases have some degree of risk from dust or water – it’s impossible to control all variables in an environment! The G4 Overlay and G4S Overlay are the only touch screens Overlays that are delivered 100% vandal-proof and waterproof right out of the box. When you order the IP65 Overlay, PQ Labs will  factory assemble the frame and glass to ensure the highest degree of quality.

The results are in for IP65 test:

  • IP65 standard: Protected against low-pressure water jets from any direction.
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IP65 Test duration: at least 3 minutes
  • IP65 Water volume: 12.5 litres per minute
  • IP65 Pressure: 30 kN/m² at distance of 3m
  • IP65 not available for G4 Integration Kit

 

 

PQ Labs product demoed in Media Show 2010

Think Media showcased PQ Labs Multi-Touch products as exclusive distributor in Saudi Media Show 2010 (Oct. 10th-12th, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Booth #55 & #56)